Use language to validate student identities

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Course Demonstration

Understanding and Mitigating the Impact of Stereotype Threat and Microaggressions

Implementation Resources

Understand and mitigate the impact of stereotype threat and microaggressions

Use language to validate student identities

As instructors, the language we use can work toward or against building an inclusive learning environment. For example, research has shown that using “he” to indicate “he or she” in professional settings affects women’s sense of belonging and lowers motivation (Sczensy, Formanowicz & Moser, 2016).

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